Los Angeles, CA, (May 19, 2021) – Hollywood stars will be coming out to demand California save small performing arts theaters at a press conference supporting State Senator Susan Rubio’s Senate Bill 805 (SB 805), “Save The Performing Arts Act of 2021” on Wednesday, May 19, 2021 from 10:00 – 10:30 a.m. at Josefina López’ CASA 0101 Theater, 2102 East First Street, at St. Louis Street, Boyle Heights, CA  90033.


  • Edward Padilla (Press Conference Emcee; President of Board of Directors for CASA 0101 Theater; Actor, Singer, Stage Director, Producer and Casting Director: Film and Television Credits:  Man on Fire, Get the Gringo, Mr. and Mrs. Smith, Suburgatory, Jane the Virgin.  Theater Credits:  Matthew Modine Saves the Alpacas, The Marriage of Figaro, Luisa Fernanda, and Workshop Productions of Sister Act.


TODAY’S SPEAKERS (In Order of Appearance):

  • Josefina López (Founding Artistic Director, CASA 0101 Theater, Emmy Award®, Sundance Film Festival and Humanitas Prize Award Winning Writer; SB 805 Coalition Member; Real Women Have Curves, Trío Los Machos, Hungry Woman, A Cat Named Mercy, An Enemy of the Pueblo, Piñata Dreams, Clean Start)
  • State Senator Susan Rubio (D, Baldwin Park and Author of SB 805)
  • Edward James Olmos (First American-born Hispanic Academy Award® Nominated Actor; Golden Globe® Award, Emmy Award®, Independent Spirit Award® and Alma Award Winning Actor; Tony Award®, Screen Actors Guild Awards®, Director’s Guild of America Award®, NAACP Image Award® and Imagen Award Nominated Actor; Zoot Suit, Stand and Deliver, Selena, Miami Vice, Blade Runner, Battlestar Galatica, Mayans MC.
  • Danny Glover (Co-Founder, The Robey Theatre Company; BET Award, Cable ACE Award, NAACP Image Award and Asian Pacific Screen Awards Winner and Emmy Award® Nominated Actor; SB 805 Coalition Member; Lethal Weapon franchise, Dreamgirls, Places in the Heart, The Color Purple, Jumanji:  Welcome to The Jungle, Mandela, The Royal Tenenbaums)
  • Kirsten Vangsness (Best known for playing tech-kitten Penelope Garcia on the Criminal Minds franchise, she co-penned four episodes, including the series finale.  She is a longtime member of Theatre of NOTE.  She has a one-woman show, Mess, and an ensemble piece, Cleo, Theo and Wu.  She is the owner of Orange County’s first craft distillery, Blinking Owl.
  • Ben Guillory (Co-Founder, CEO and Producing Artistic Director, The Robey Theatre Company, SB 805 Coalition Member; The Color Purple, NCIS, Star Wars:  Jedi Knight – Dark Forces, Eli Stone, My Name Is Earl)
  • Joe Spano (Emmy Award® Winning Actor; NCIS, Hill Street Blues, Midnight Caller, Mercy Point, Amazing Grace, Murder One, NYPD Blue, Apollo 13, Fracture, Hollywood land, American Graffiti, Frost/Nixon)
  • Michelle Krusiec (Best Actress Golden Horse Award Nominee, the Chinese Language Oscar® for Saving Face; Actor, Writer and Director.  Played Ana May Wong in Ryan Murphy’s Hollywood for Netflix.  Krusiec’s work as an actress and advocate for Asian Pacific Islander causes has been honored by The White House and others.  Also know for her one-woman show, Made In Taiwan (HBO Aspen Comedy Festival); toured with the cast of David Henry Hwang’s play, Chinglish.
  • French Stewart (Daytime Emmy Award® and Screen Actors Guild Awards® Nominee; Third Rock from the Sun, Stargate, Inspector Gadget 2, Broken Arrow, Mom, The Middle, Secrets and Lies, The New WKRP in Cincinnati, Watson:  The Last Great Tale of the Legendary Sherlock Holmes at Sacred Fools Theatre Company and Voice Lessons Off-Broadway)
  • Kate Linder (Film Festival Award Winning Actress; The Young and the Restless, Mother’s Day, Hysteria, Miss Meadows)
  • Vanessa Stewart (Actress, Writer and Co-Artistic Director of Sacred Fools Theatre Company; SB 805 Coalition Member.  Co-Creator and Star of her hit original musical, Louis & Keely:  Live at the Sahara.  Notable productions presented at Sacred Fools Theater Company:  Absolutely Filthy (An Unauthorized Peanuts Parody; Louis & Keely:  Live at the Sahara; Stoneface:  The Rise and Fall and Rise of Buster Keaton; Voice Lessons and Watson:  The Last Great Tale of the Legendary Sherlock Holmes)
  • Fabrizio Guido (Imagen Foundation Award Nominated Actor; Mr. Iglesias on Netflix, Family, World War Z, Welcome to the Family, Black As Night, The Night Shift, Wisdom of The Crowd.  Directed and wrote the short films, Dog Days and My Sisters First.  Volunteer with the Teen Film Class at CASA 0101 Theater)


Thank you to all of the media outlets that came out to cover today’s event!


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SB 805 will create a critical funding infrastructure to help assist our SMALL NONPROFIT PERFORMING ARTS COMPANIES (SNPACs), known as the PERFORMING ARTS EQUITABLE PAYROLL FUND, which will allocate matching funds to pay all workers minimum wage.

In addition, the bill also directs the California Arts Council to establish the CALIFORNIA NONPROFIT PERFORMING ARTS PAYMASTER, which will provide low-cost payroll and paymaster services to SNPACs.






“Over The last several years our organization, California Arts Advocates has worked with the legislature to investigate exemptions for small budget arts organizations that due to systemic undercapitalization of the arts and culture sector and the companion desire to keep arts affordable and accessible for all, simply cannot afford compliance with AB 5. Our deep concern now is that the one two punch of AB 5 and COVID may result in a loss of small budget arts organizations across California that are critical to offering community and educational based programs that employ emerging performers. That is why we support SB 805 and look forward to working with labor and the legislature to see its passage.”

Julie Baker
Executive Director of California for the Arts

“The world of intimate theatre provides the only access many artists, especially artists of color, have to hone their craft, network with others and ultimately achieve the kind of upward mobility that would otherwise be locked behind a paywall. This vital, grassroots pipeline will be the victim of collateral damage if we don’t find a way to make our voices heard to the powers that be.”

Marc Antonio Pritchett
Co-Artistic Director of Sacred Fools Theater Company

“Without SB 805, we will be leaving behind – and shutting out – countless local artists and stories, as well as a significant amount of representation on and off our stages.”

Oanh Nguyen
Executive Artistic Director of Chance Theater

“I’m surely not against paying actors. The Victory Theatre Center has always paid its actors. But the unintended consequences of AB 5 are that the majority of little theaters with budgets under $250,000 per year will be unable to function. The Victory will not be able to do its usual four productions per year. It’s even questionable we could do one. We could not continue our outreach to schools. The closure of the majority of small theaters would be a loss to our communities.”

Maria Gobetti
Co-Founding Artistic Director of The Victory Theatre Center

“Small professional arts organizations are immensely important because they are often the only arts incubators available for emerging talent. Without these organizations many writers, actors, directors, and designers simply would not have an opportunity to refine and show their work and be discovered. Each year, Rogue Machine offers 50 to 100 artists that opportunity to work and refine. Rogue Machine is proud that Kemp Powers, screenwriter of One Night in Miami… and Soul, and John Pollono, screenwriter of Stronger and Small Engine Repair, were able to start their careers through productions at Rogue Machine.”

John Perrin Flynn
Founding Artistic Director of Rogue Machine Theatre

“With the passage of SB 805, this bill will have a positive impact on BIPOC theaters that are doing work that benefits the public good, especially in low-income and underrepresented communities.”

Armando Molino
Artistic Director for Company of Angeles

“Small theaters don’t have development departments with a staff who focus exclusively on grant writing and donor development, nor marketing department or even a technical department. In small theaters, a very small number of people wear an inordinate number of hats to make the arts come alive. Comparing small non-profits arts organizations to other sectors of the economy is like comparing apples to oranges. There is very little money that is generated in the small performing arts world, yet we provide valuable services in terms access, representation and community building.”

Emmanuel Deleage
Executive Director of CASA 0101 Theater

“The 99-seat theater is a haven where new voices of writers and performers are nurtured in a safe environment. It allows the non-commercial stories to be developed and produced for low-income audiences who lack the financial means to experience live theater in larger houses. It is in the small 99-seat theater where we have achieved: Equality, Diversity, Inclusion and Accessibility.”

Odalys Nanin
Producing Artistic Director/President of Macha Theatre Company/Films

“SB 805 will be the beacon light of hope to diverse voices and communities of color whose platforms have been and will continue to be the small non-profit theatres and visual arts organizations. It is the bridge of dreams and job opportunities to major profit theatres and arts organizations. It is the educational artistic platform for millions of young actors, artists, playwrights, designers, technicians, directors and producers whose dreams are to contribute to the artistic and social landscape. It is the foundation of the large profit theatres for their future artists and audiences. It is a step to the economic engine of this country.”

William Virchis
Producing Artistic Director of Teatro Máscara Mágica

“As an Independent Artist SB 805 which will allow me to nourish future generations with artistic tools and alternative ways to express, heal and tell their narratives of their families.”

Cristal Gonzalez
Freelance Artist